Palms, Enthusiastic Crowd, Jesus on a colt, celebration and rejoice…
We see today Jesus amidst a lot of such celebrations.
“Hosanna – Save us”… people shouted so loud…
That means they expected a savior and believed that Jesus can save them!
But, can any human save the people of God?
Can a poor carpenter be their Messiah?
The priests, Pharisees and other leaders in Israel should have certainly thought about it. But the simple people, the crowd see only their plight.
They are not concerned about such theology.
Any way, we see that Jesus enters in to the footsteps of the great personalities like Moses, David and many others.
He is the hope for the world – the hope of the hopeless.
Therefore, the people shouted: “Hosanna – Save us”.
Why this crowd put their trust in Jesus?
It is because these people heard the many stories about Jesus;
Stories of his miracles, healing, and his authority…
They loved him and many became his followers.
But there is a problem in this crowd:
Many of them were only spectators.
In the following days we will find, how many of them were his true disciples. Yes, there were only a few disciples like John, some women like Mary, in his days of passion with him. Many who were enthusiastic, many who celebrated him as king, hid in fear against the Jewish leadership and laws. Some showed their indifference; some others showed their superficial faith.
A crowd that is cheering on the streets, but do not follow Jesus,
is just like a overcrowded church, that don’t live their faith.
Yes, I know my words are hard. But that’s the truth. And my question is whether our God needs the largest and most beautiful or most crowded churches only? Yes, to have something like that, has at least its superficial beauty. But the people who celebrate and receive the sacraments should also exercise mercy each other. They should strengthen others in faith.
Otherwise, this will be not more than a crowd or spectators.
God needs to at least no such crowd…
He and his church need but responsive, compassionate, believing people. He need a community of inspiring people today…
Jesus had an option for the weak for his entry into Jerusalem:
He has palm trees and branches of the bushes instead of ostentatious decorations and confetti; He had a weak ass instead of strong horse…
just like that, he also has chosen you and me as his witnesses, with our weakness. We will certainly counted from the world as weak,
because we follow Christ.
But we are strong, because our Strength is in his name.
With our weakness, we may not be able to change our world much, but still Jesus asks us not to remain one of the many spectators. For we are called to be the responsive Christians. We are ‘followers’ of Christ, who deliberately follow him. This way can be dangerous. It can be uneasy.
But our God is with us and he will help us.
Because, we can call him at any time, “Hosanna, Help, Save us, O Lord”.
Yes, my dear friends,
Jesus is our hope. We can trust him.
For his heart remains with us who really follow him and inspire humans.
May the Christ, save and bless us all. Amen!